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#21 devils102

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 02:55 PM

Is there a playoff appearance in the cards for Albany this year? It's good to see a lot of our pro-level prospects in the system with more on the way. As I write this they are winning 3-0 against Adirondack... Barring a NJ Devils-esque third period... they should win this one.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 05:32 PM

Albany defeated Adirondack 4-1. Scoring for the Devils was Whitney (PP, Timmins, Gelinas), Sestito (SH/PS), Timmins (PP, Boucher, Whitney), and Sestito (Zajac, McKelvie). Wedgewood stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn 2nd star. Sestito and Whitney were the 1st and 3rd stars respectively. The Devils were 2/5 on the PP and a perfect 8/8 on the PK. Timmins led the way with 4 shots and Sestito and Boucher each had 3. Here is the gamesheet. Below are the highlights and line up:



Line Up courtesy of @Bill_Cain_ :

Matteau-Pelley-Sislo
Boucher-Timmins-Whitney
Sestito-Wohlberg-Pesonen
McKelvie-D. Zajac-Janssen

Gelinas-Merrill
Kelly-Scarlett
Helgeson-Burlon

Some fast starters for Albany:
Whitney: 3 GP 3-2-5, +3, 4 PIM, 9 Shots
Timmins: 3 GP 2-3-5, +3, 0 PIM, 7 Shots
Gelinas: 3 GP 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 7 Shots
Boucher: 3 GP 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 7 Shots
Merrill: 3 GP 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 Shots


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

I think this thread should now be called "2013-2014 New Jersey Devils Thread" no? 


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:31 AM

I coach youth hockey and missed 1st two periods but made the 3rd period for Admirlals/devils last night. (I had also visited practice in the morning-all Devils were sitting watching Admirals practice) I was the only person there not counting an autograph seeking guy. I just said hello to a few of the guys that walked by. All friendly but i kinda felt like a stalker (don't know why) Harri Pesonen I guess he was a lil surprised someone knew him in Va. we discussed how the fans were at the "Scope".  

Anyway, the Devil out shot Norfolk by quite a bit. Devils PP looked really potent Merrill/Gelly on points, really move the puck well. John gibson (Norfolj goalie is awesome) Players that stood out to me Sislo (puck handling skills)/Whitney/Kinky/. in OT we completely dominated> I'm going again tonight. 


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 09:49 AM

I coach youth hockey and missed 1st two periods but made the 3rd period for Admirlals/devils last night. (I had also visited practice in the morning-all Devils were sitting watching Admirals practice) I was the only person there not counting an autograph seeking guy. I just said hello to a few of the guys that walked by. All friendly but i kinda felt like a stalker (don't know why) Harri Pesonen I guess he was a lil surprised someone knew him in Va. we discussed how the fans were at the "Scope".  

Anyway, the Devil out shot Norfolk by quite a bit. Devils PP looked really potent Merrill/Gelly on points, really move the puck well. John gibson (Norfolj goalie is awesome) Players that stood out to me Sislo (puck handling skills)/Whitney/Kinky/. in OT we completely dominated> I'm going again tonight. 

Cool! Give us your thoughts on Merrill, Gelinas, Boucher and Matteau


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:10 AM

Cool! Give us your thoughts on Merrill, Gelinas, Boucher and Matteau

Boucher is a lil small, and defensively looked not very good in neutral zone, (he was caught 2-3 times getting blown by) but very quick leathal shot, matteau was almost unnoticeable, looked kind of ordinary amongst other big men, both Gelinas/Merril looked  good especially in "O" zone.  Both move puck well out of the D zone. (prev Albany teams struggled w/ this) Merrill in 3rd was paired w/ Kelly. Gel w/ Burlon (Burlon has serious wheels btw) Helgeson is a big boy.  

Kowalski was comfy rolling 4 lines. We have a great forecheck. And something else that was new they seemed to have a winger curl back to cover D-man trying to make his 1st pass out of our zone and used this winger, really helped us move the puck up the ice. Matteau & Bouch look OK,  but kinda like boys getting used to playing w/ men. Gotta remember how young they are. 

This team looks good. Wouldn't be shocked to see Whitney called up. (plays w/ a lil chip on his shoulder) Look forward to this evenings tilt.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:31 AM

Went to great Albany win last night. Matteau was very good! (even played point on pp once) timmins was rocked by a check last, (they brought out the gurney but he left on his feet) Timmins is their go to faceoff guy. reid boucher looked very good as well.  Played w/ more passion and has a very quick release. I didn't realize it but I think norfolk Admirals has Joe Whitney's  brother? even smaller than Joe!  Merril/ gelinas looked excellent . Wedgewood is going ot be awesome. He was funny in SO. Just before the opposing player starts skating at him, he is hugging the post one side or the other, and jumps out after they approach. 4 skaters no goals.  matteau had a great so goal, as did whitney. Gibson was great again tonight. A couple fights.  we outshot them again and this team looks good from stem to stern. Seth Helgeson moves people around,.  Merrill did an excellent 'spin a rama" around an attacking fw last night. Funny last night Joe Whitney slammed Yonkman in the corner boards last twice on one shift (yonkman 6-6 260) When the whistle blew whitney stayed right in his face. Like gionta/Chara. Sorry this is all over the board, but we've got a lot to be excited about.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:32 PM

To edit the above a lil, Wedge was facing the stands completely when  shooter started. Wedge very composed and fires the puck very well except once (he tried to go up the middle onto an admirals stick.) 


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:39 PM

Good stuff Vadvlfan. Thanks for the update
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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:14 PM

Thanks for the writeup, vadvlfn, always like your Norfolk reports.  

 

Albany outshooting opponents 136-119.  Gelinas with 4 shots a game over the first 5.  Timmins might be a nice 50 point AHL player, something which I always think NJ could use more of.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:30 PM

Thanks for the insight vadvlfan! Always nice to get a viewpoint from someone at the game instead of a short youtube clip!

I'm intrigued a bit by Timmins. It seems like he's getting a great opportunity to show what he can do in all situations with Albany this year. He mentioned recently in this article, that San Antonio used him more as a 3rd/4th liner and on the PK, so he's enjoying getting the chance to show what he can do offensively now.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:38 AM

Thanks for the insight vadvlfan! Always nice to get a viewpoint from someone at the game instead of a short youtube clip!

I'm intrigued a bit by Timmins. It seems like he's getting a great opportunity to show what he can do in all situations with Albany this year. He mentioned recently in this article, that San Antonio used him more as a 3rd/4th liner and on the PK, so he's enjoying getting the chance to show what he can do offensively now.

Timmin's is valuable in Kowalski's tool kit.  I'm more impressed with their overall team play. They seem to be comfy playing to win a 1-0 game. Play w/ confidence. 1st line PP is really very good. Merril is/was all over cause he's a very good skater. I have nothing else to compare them too but, quick crisp passing.  McElvie was on 4th line but also versatile and plays w/ a lil chip on his shoulder. Norfolk has 3-4 "intimidating " types (Yonkman, Stortini, Kurtz, Exelby) we didn't back down.  They weren't about to take stupid penalties.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:11 AM

Thanks for the reports, always good to get something more than just the boxscore and highlights where all prospects look like first liners.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:18 AM

Glad to see Albany finally having some success as well.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 12:28 AM

Albany defeated Utica 4-1 as they continued their hot start of 4-1-0-1. Scoring for the Devils was Whitney (Kelly, Timmins), Merrill (PP, Whitney, Boucher), McKelvie (K. Zajac), and Whitney (EN, Boucher, Helgeson). Kinkaid stopped 22 of 23 shots, only allowing a PPG. Whitney was 1st star with his 2 goal, 1 assist, +3, 3 shot effort. Merrill was 2nd star with his PPG, E, and team high 4 shot effort. Albany went 1/8 on the PP and 4/5 on the PK. Shots were even at 23 a side. Here is the gamesheet. I don't know if highlights will be made available for this one.

Kinkaid is 2-1-0-1 with a 1.97 GAA and .912 SV% facing an average of 22.75 shots a game. Wedgewood is 2-0-1-0 with a 0.96 GAA and .961 SV% facing an average of 25.5 shots a game. Fun with small sample sizes.

 

Some hot starts:
Joe Whitney: 6 GP 5-4-9, +6, 6 PIM, 16 Shots
Scott Timmins: 6 GP 3-5-8, +5, 4 PIM, 15 Shots
Jon Merrill: 6 GP 1-4-5, +2, 0 PIM, 9 Shots
Reid Boucher: 6 GP 1-4-5, +3, 0 PIM, 14 Shots


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 06:37 AM

Glad to see that the poaching of Gelinas by that annoying team in NJ didn't hurt Albany's hot start. GO A-DEVS! 


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:13 AM

A-Devs are looking great this year, scoring a lot of goals (for Devils standards)... Future looks bright, as far as the kids are concerned. Merrill and Gelinas seem to be the real deal..


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:35 AM

Glad to see that the poaching of Gelinas by that annoying team in NJ didn't hurt Albany's hot start. GO A-DEVS! 

 

Now now, remember where Albany falls on the food chain  :thumbsup:


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:46 AM

A-Devs are getting some shooting luck, but I bet that defense is pretty good.  If the goaltending can be good, the A-Devs can make the AHL playoffs even with that weak offense.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:48 PM

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Albany injury update from Pete Dougherty of the Times Union:

 

Albany Devils coach Rick Kowalsky after practice today forward Darcy Zajac, who missed Wednesday night’s 4-1 victory in Utica, will miss “significant time” with an upper-body injury.

 

Mike Sislo, who also missed last night’s game becuase of an upper-body injury, is “day to day,” according to Kowalsky.

 

Kelly Zajac, a former Union player and Darcy’s younger brother, played for the first time Wednesday, picking up an assist and finishing the night plus-1.

 

ECHL

Elmira lost to Wheeling 3-2 back on 10/18. Elmira outshot Wheeling 42-18. Here is the gamesheet. Devils prospects in that game:
Raman Hrabarenka: +1, 3 Shots
Riley Boychuk: +1, 3 Shots
Harry Young: -2, 1 Shot
Maxime Clermont: 15 Saves on 18 Shots


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